Student loses digital camera, laptop computer in residence hall burglary

Koran Addo

University student Luke Danielson’s Centennial Hall room was burglarized Sunday and more than $1,500 worth of property was taken.

Danielson, who moved into his single room approximately three weeks ago, said he was watching television in a friend’s room down the hall early Sunday morning.

When Danielson returned to his room, he said he unlocked the door and found that an unknown person had stolen his laptop computer, digital camera and other items.

Danielson said he was most upset that the thief or thieves had emptied the contents of his backpack apparently to help carry his items away.

Because his door was locked when he returned to his room, Danielson said he suspects the culprit might have been the person who previously lived in his room.

“I can’t think of who else it could have been,” he said.

Wachen Anderson, who handles judicial affairs for Housing and Residential Life, said room locks are not changed when a student moves out unless that student fails to return their room key.

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A University student was a victim of an identity theft scam – being listed as the owner of a Florida car sales Web site.

Police officials said the student was unaware that his name and private information were being used.

Police officials said an unrelated third party who independently tracks Internet scams alerted police and the student earlier this month.

The Web site has been removed and the student suffered minimal damages of a $100 erroneous credit card charge.

Police officials warned the student that the Web site’s angry customers, who might also have been scammed, might contact him.

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In another instance of identity theft, a University student’s TCF check card was stolen.

According to police reports, the perpetrator charged more than $280 to Midwest Mountaineering, an outdoor activity store, as well as $14 to Chipotle.

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According to police reports, University wrestler Quincy Osborn was cited for consumption of liquor by a minor after police spotted Osborn’s friend urinating on the sidewalk.

When police attempted to stop the two, the unknown friend ran behind a building while Osborn remained at the scene.

Police reports state that Osborn was cited, but refused to tell officers the identity of his friend.

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University police cited student Kinzie Phillips for drinking an excessive amount of vodka, according to police reports.

Witnesses said Phillips struck her head on a water fountain before being taken to the lobby of Sanford Hall. She was later hospitalized.

County medical staff gave Phillips, who was somewhat responsive to pain, a breath analysis to determine the extent of her intoxication, police reports said.

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St. Paul man Brandon Knight was issued a DWI this week after he flagged down a University police car to ask for directions.